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protestThe Star reports that a new mother was among a large number of patients who were barred from either entering or leaving Leratong Hospital on the West Rand due to a strike over staff shortages and alleged nepotism.  

The hospital has more than 1,700 employees.  Ambulances and patients were turned away at the main entrance as hospital workers, including doctors, nurses and support staff, protested.  Their grievances included the alleged “selling” of posts at the hospital.  Staff on night shift on Monday were locked inside the institution.  Hospital spokesperson Fikile Oyekanmi said the strike started on Monday morning.  It apparently did not extend until Wednesday, as hospital management had met with unions to discuss staff grievances.  “There haven’t been any reports of anything drastic happening,” Oyekanmi indicated, but added that “because there were fewer staff working, we wouldn’t have performed like we normally do.”  She confirmed that allegations had been made that posts at the hospital were being sold.  Apparently, workers were frustrated after posts advertised late last year were frozen.  A police spokesperson dismissed reports of a hostage situation at the hospital.

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